Robert Duvall (Spurgeon Tanner) stars in "Deep Impact"
as the former Astronaut brought out of retirement by the President to lead
a crucial space mission: to break up the comet that's on a direct path to
the Earth and minimize its devastation.
An Academy Award ® winner as best actor for "Tender Mercies"
(and Golden Globe Award), Mr. Duvall was nominated for best actor for "The
Great Santini," and for best supporting actor for "The Godfather"
and "Apocalypse Now." He also received an Oscar ® nomination
for best actor for his most recent personal triumph, "The Apostle,"
in which he was the writer, director, star and financier of the dramatic
feature through his Butchers Run production company. The film also won three
Independent Spirit Awards for best actor, best picture and best direction.
The multi-talented actor also directed and wrote "Angelo My Love,"
produced "A Family Thing" and the Emmy-nominated television film
"The Man Who Captured Eichmann" and wrote the songs for "Tender
Some of his many feature film credits include "The Gingerbread Man,"
"Phenomenon," "Sling Blade," "The Stars Fell on
Henrietta," "Rambling Rose," "Days of Thunder,"
"Colors," "The Natural," "True Confessions,"
"Network," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part
II," "M*A*S*H," "THX 1138" and "To Kill a
He earned an Emmy nomination for the television mini-series "Lonesome
Dove" and a Golden Globe for the title role in HBO's "Stalin."
Mr. Duvall's primary residence is a horse farm near Leesburg, Virginia,
and in addition to being considered an excellent horseman, he is a serious
contender on the tennis court. An ardent dancer, Mr. Duvall frequents the
tango clubs of Buenos Aires.
Téa Leoni (Jenny Lerner) stars in "Deep Impact"
as an ambitious TV news segment producer who inadvertently stumbles on the
world's most devastating story.
Leoni was recently seen in Miramax's critically acclaimed comedy "Flirting
with Disaster," co-starring opposite Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette,
Mary Tyler Moore and George Seagal.
Leoni is currently starring in the NBC comedy "The Naked Truth."
Prior to that, Leoni had starred as the flamboyant and unpredictable "Alicia"
in the Fox comedy series "Flying Blind." She also starred in "The
Counterfeit Contessa," an original film for Fox Television, which co-starred
D.W. Moffett and Holland Taylor.
Born in New York City, Leoni became interested in acting at an early age,
influenced by her grandmother, a former Broadway actress. Nicknamed Sarah
Bernhardt because of her melodramatic tendencies, Leoni didn't pursue her
craft immediately. Instead, she studied anthropology and psychology at Sarah
Lawrence and then took time off from school to travel; living in Tokyo,
Italy and St. Croix. Upon her return to New York, she went on her first
Competing with thousands of actresses from all over the country, she landed
one of the coveted roles in "Angels '88," a "Charlie's Angels"
spinoff. Having relocated to Los Angeles for the series, Leoni began to
study her craft while waiting out her contract. She went on to appear in
the feature films "Switch" and "Indian Love Story,"
as well as roles in "A League of Their Own," "Wyatt Earp"
and 1995's hit action comedy "Bad Boys."
Elijah Wood (Leo Beiderman) stars in "Deep Impact" as the
high school student who discovers the new comet during an Astronomy Class
field trip. He was recently seen opposite Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline
in "The Ice Storm."
As one of America's leading young actors, he has moved audiences in "The
War," opposite Kevin Costner, was subsequently named 1994's Young Star
of the Year by NATO/Showest.
Wood made his feature film debut at the age of eight in "Internal Affairs"
with Richard Gere. Working non-stop since, he has starred in "Avalon"
for director Barry Levinson, "Radio Flyer" for director Richard
Donner, "Paradise" with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, "Forever
Young" with Mel Gibson, " The Adventures of Huck Finn," "The
Good Son" opposite Macauly Culkin, "North" for director Rob
Reiner and the film version of "Flipper."
Vanessa Redgrave (Robin Lerner) stars in "Deep Impact"
as Téa Leoni's character's mother, long divorced from her father
(played by Maximilian Schell) and the editor of a Washington, DC publication,
Redgrave has had an extraordinary career which has been marked by numerous
stage and screen accolades, including an Oscar ® ( as best supporting
actress for "Julia," five Academy Award ® ( nominations, an
Emmy Award for "Playing for Time," and a nomination for "Second
Serve," the Cannes Film Festival best actress award for "Morgan
and Isadora" and the Venice Film Festival award in 1996 for "Little
Redgrave is a member of a distinguished acting family and trained at London's
Central School of Speech and Drama and the Ballet Rambert School. Among
her numerous film credits are "A Man for All Seasons," "Blowup,"
"Camelot," "The Devils," "Agatha," "Yanks,"
"Young Catherine," "The House of the Spirits," "Howard's
End," "A Month by the Lake" and "Mission Impossible."
Her autobiography was published in 1994 by Random House. Most recently,
Redgrave opened to rave reviews starring in the title role of "Mrs.
The internationally acclaimed and award-winning actor Maximilian Schell
(Jason Lerner) stars in "Deep Impact" as Téa Leoni's father
and long-divorced husband to Vanessa Redgrave, who is about to remarry a
much younger woman.
Always looking for a new challenge, Schell recently appeared in the film
version of a one character chamber opera, "Through Roses," composed
by Marc Neikrug, that explored the cost of surviving the Holocaust.
Schell won the Academy Award ® for Best Actor for "Judgment at
Nuremberg," which also earned him the Golden Globe Award and the New
York Film Critics Award. He was honored with Oscar ® nominations for
"The Man in the Glass Booth" and "Julia," which earned
him a second New York Film Critics Award. Some of his additional film credits
include John Carpenter's "Vampires," "Left Luggage,"
"Telling Lies in America," "The Eighteenth Angel," "The
Chosen," "A Bridge Too Far," "Topkapi" and "The
Young Lions." He wrote and directed the film documentary "Marlene"
and the foreign film "The Pedestrian." Both projects were nominated
for Academy Awards ®.
Schell won a Golden Globe and Cable Ace Award for his portrayal of Lenin
in the HBO mini-series "Stalin," which also garnered an Emmy nomination.
He was also nominated for an Emmy for "Miss Rose White." Some
of his other American television work includes "The Thorn Birds"
(ABC), "Abraham" (TNT), "Young Catherine" (TNT), and
"Peter the Great" (NBC).
Morgan Freeman (President Beck) stars in "Deep Impact"
as the President of the United States whose job it is to inform the world
of the comet's discovery and potential devastation. The three-time Academy
Award® nominee ("Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy"
and "The Shawshank Redemption"), Freeman was seen in the successful
thriller "Kiss the Girls," a David Brown production for Paramount.
Freeman can also be seen starring in the Steven Spielberg production "Amistad,"
as abolitionist Theodore Jackson, and in Paramount's adventure film "Hard
Rain" (formerly "The Flood") opposite Christian Slater. Some
of Freeman's numerous feature film credits include "Moll Flanders,"
"Seven," "Outbreak," "The Unforgiven," "The
Power of One" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
In 1993, Freeman made his film directorial debut with "Bopha!"
Leelee Sobieski (Sarah Hotchner) stars with Elijah Wood as teenagers
who must make mature, profound choices in the face of a world shaking calamity.
She spent last winter in London where she starred with Tom Cruise and Nicole
Kidman in director Stanley Kubrick's highly anticipated "Eyes Wide
Shut." Also scheduled for release later this year, is the Merchant-Ivory
production, "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" which called for
Sobieski to exercise her fluent French. Shot on location in Paris, she stars
as the central character, "Channe," alongside Kris Kristofferson
and Barbara Hershey.
Sobieski was discovered by a casting director who suggested she try acting
after spotting her in her New York City school cafeteria. Shortly thereafter,
she landed starring roles in the telefilms "Reunion" with Marlo
Thomas and Peter Strauss, and "A Horse For Danny" with Robert
Urich. The series "Charlie Grace" soon followed in which she portrayed
Mark Harmon's daughter. Sobieski's additional television credits include
"FX," "Grace Under Fire" and "Home Court."
Her feature film debut featured Sobieski as Martin Short's daughter in the
Tim Allen starrer "Jungle 2 Jungle" for Disney.
Sobieski, 15, currently lives between New York and Los Angeles with her
parents and younger brother. When not filming, she attends school full time.
In addition to acting, Sobieski aspires to one day direct. A few of her
extracurricular interests include painting, ceramics, poetry, martial arts
and horseback riding.
Oscar ® nominee for Best Supporting Actor in "Babe," JAMES
CROMWELL (Alan Rittenhouse) portrays a high level government official
in "Deep Impact," who receives and acts upon advance information
about the comet.
Cromwell recently starred in "The Education of Little Tree" for
Paramount Pictures and in "Species 2." He is currently on screen
in the critically acclaimed "L.A. Confidential" as the Police
Captain Dudley Smith.
He played financier Charles Keating in "The People vs. Larry Flynt,"
produced by Oliver Stone and directed by Milos Forman. Cromwell also starred
as Zefram Cochrane the human scientist who invents warp drive in the last
Star Trek picture, "Star Trek: The First Contact."
His most recent television appearances were guest roles in the series "Strange
Luck" and "The Client," and as Judge Pounders in the HBO
movie "The Indictment," produced by Oliver Stone and starring
Mercedes Ruehl and James Woods.
Mary McCormack (Andrea Baker) stars in "Deep Impact" as
the shuttle Messiah's Executive Officer. McCormack starred as Mrs. Howard
Stern in Paramount's "Private Parts," a film based on the radio
star's memoirs. Her upcoming projects include "Life During Wartime,"
co-starring Stanley Tucci, David Arquette and Kate Capshaw as well as a
starring role in the independent feature "Harvest." McCormack
scored praise for her role as the tough, dedicated lawyer "Justine
Appleton" in the critically acclaimed Steve Bochco, ABC series "Murder
One." She appeared in John Hughes' 1994 remake of "Miracle on
34th Street" and opposite Robert Mitchum in the 1995 spoof "Back
After graduating from Trinity College with a degree in Comparative Arts,
she moved to New York and studied acting at the William Esper Studio. She
has worked in many New York theaters, some of which include The Atlantic
Theater Company, Alice's 4th Floor and Naked Angels, where she appeared
in the premiere of Jon Robin Baitz' "A Fair Country."
Blair Underwood (Mark Simon) stars in "Deep Impact" as
the space shuttle's flight navigator. His feature film credits include the
upcoming suspense thriller "Asunder," "Gattaca," "Just
Cause" and "Set It Off" for which he received an NAACP Image
Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
Underwood previously served as director, executive producer, writer and
star of the dramatic short film, "The Second Coming." It marked
the first project for Underwood's joint family venture, Eclectic Entertainment,
headed by Underwood, his wife Desiree and his brother Frank, Jr. In addition,
he has directed five music videos.
A graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon University, Underwood has long been involved
with numerous charitable organizations. As a result of his dedicated support
of The Muscular Dystrophy Association, he was honored with the 1993 Humanitarian
Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. He is also co-founder of Artists
for a New South Africa (ANSA).
Dougray Scott (Eric Vennekor) stars in "Deep Impact" as
the laid back television cameraman assigned to the ambitious "Jenny,"
played by Téa Leoni. He will be seen in the upcoming family film
"Cinderella," opposite Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. His
previous feature films were "Regeneration," "Twin Town,"
"Paris in Love," "Princess Caraboo," "Black Beauty"
and "Weak and Wide Astray" for BFI/Channel 4 in Britain.
Trained at the Welsh college of Music and Drama (1986-89), Scott earned
the award as The Most Promising Drama Student with his lead roles in "Pericles,"
"Much Ado About Nothing," "Marat/Sade" and "The
He has appeared extensively in Spanish, Scottish, Yorkshire and British
television and on stage with The Scottish Theatre Company, Chichester Festival
Theatre, Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and the Hampstead Theatre in London.
He is currently shooting "This Year's Love" to be followed by
Bill Forsythe's "Gregory's 2 Girls."
Ron Eldard (Oren Monash) stars in "Deep Impact" as the
space shuttle Messiah's Mission Commander . Last year, Eldard gave acclaimed
performances in two controversial films ­p; as the abusive stepfather
in Anjelica's Huston's directorial debut "Bastard Out of Carolina"
(Showtime) and as a vengeful killer in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers."
His early film credits also include "The Last Supper," "Scent
of a Woman," "True Love" and "Drop Dead Fred."
Eldard's first professional job was as an understudy in "Biloxi Blues"
on Broadway. He also played the highly-coveted lead role in Broadway's "On
the Waterfront." A former Golden Gloves boxer, Eldard wrote and performed
the one-man show "Standing Eight Count" at Naked Angels.
Eldard is also known to television audiences for his portrayal of troubled
paramedic Shep on "ER" and starring roles on "Men Behaving
Badly," "Bakersfield, P.D." and "Arresting Behavior."
Following "Deep Impact," Eldard completed work on two upcoming
films; the independent feature "Delivered" and Disney's "Mystery
Alaska." This June, he stars in the HBO New York City war drama "When
Alexander Baluev (Mikhail Tulchinsky) joins the international crew
on the space shuttle Messiah as their Russian Astronaut. He was last seen
as the sinister thief of Russia's nuclear weapons in Mimi Leder's "The
Baluev completed his dramatic training at the Moscow High Theatrical School
Studio of the Moscow Academy Art Theater in 1980. He began his career on
the stage, including six years with the Theater of the Red Army and nine
years with the International Theatrical Centre, named after Ermolova. He
most recently performed with the Independent Troupe of Alla Siglova.
He has also acted in over fifteen films in his native Russia, including
"The Crazy," "The Wife of the Petroleumer," "Richard
the Lion Heart," "The Outsider," "The Chasm" and
"The Muslim," for which he was honored as the Main Male Performer
at the International Film Festival KINOTAVR in Sochi and also won a NIKA
(the Russian equivalent of an Academy Award ®. His most recent film
credit in his homeland is "The Line of the Life."
Jon Favreau (Gus Partenza) stars in "Deep Impact" as the
medical officer on the space shuttle, Messiah. He wrote, co-produced, directed
and starred in the successful independent feature "Swingers,"
which began as a project to showcase himself and his friends. The film earned
Favreau a nomination of "Most Promising Actor for 1997" by The
Chicago Film Critics Association.
Among the opportunities which immediately followed was a recurring role
on the popular situation comedy, "Friends." Favreau played "Peter
Becker," a Bill Gates-like billionaire who romanced "Monica,"
played by Courtney Cox. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Favreau's employment
record lists everything from cleaning garage vents to working for a Wall
Street investment banking firm to cartoonist. He moved to Chicago to pursue
his acting and improvisational comedy where director David Anspaugh cast
him in a starring role in TriStar's "Ruby."
This year Favreau will also be seen in the independent feature, "Very
Bad Things," starring opposite Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz for
director Peter Berg.
Favreau has written the screenplay for "Leatherheads," a film
that chronicles the early struggles of professional football in this country,
for Universal Pictures production with Jonathan Mostow ("Breakdown")